A New Zealander angered by an Australian furniture retailer’s advertisement that mocked the Kiwi accent still has outstanding matters to face despite pleading guilty to a variety of charges following his outburst at a regional television channel that screened the clip.
Max Barrett admitted charges of common assault, using offensive language and misuse of a telecommunications device when he appeared in the Griffith Local court in mid-July.
However, the 44-year-old has still not entered a plea to charges of intimidation, resisting arrest and intimidating police. He made a brief appearance in court today and the case was adjourned to October 10.
Barrett took exception to Knock On Wood’s use of cartoon kookaburra’s to promote their lounge and bedroom suites by using the phrases “Yeah, bro”, “Sweet as, bro” and “Choice, bro” with New Zealand accents.
He initially called the store in Griffith, 570km south west of Sydney, on May 25 to berate staff and he then turned up at WIN television’s offices in the town where he abused staff and assaulted a male advertising representative.
Police had little difficulty finding Barrett as he left his contact details with the store and television station but they claim he did resist arrest.
Barrett has previously apologised for his behaviour on an Australian radio show.
- Fairfax Media